Racist police violence reconsidered

If you haven’t seen this article, I think it would make for very good reading on the issue of police and race. And even challenge some of the positions people hold.

And while you are here, this Guardian article about the hypocrisy of Europe in the BLM issue and particularly George Floyd is quite good.

 

Is violence counterproductive?

The last 10 or is it 12 days have seen violent protests in most cities in the US of A and in some other cities around the world following the police killing or is it murder of George Floyd and there have been arguments about whether the violence is really useful?

I have seen a post that calls the violence immoral and ineffective. Immoral because the destruction of property of bystanders and ineffective because it will not earn the demonstrators any sympathies.

Should the demonstrators adopt only non violent means to achieve their ends?

I want to suggest here a unpopular opinion. That violence seems sometimes to work & its only downside is that it costs lives & property. Independence was warn in many places because of sustained violence against the colonial authorities. America has mastered the art of spreading violence all round ( cloaked in spreading democracy).

What do you think? I am not asking you to support violence but only to comment looking at history if there are situations where violence has led to progress? How can the same be achieved without resorting to violence?

they hate our freedoms and democracy

that’s what Americans have been convinced to say of the countries their government rains bombs on.

Maybe Lyndon Johnson was right about how the US government thinks about democracy in other nations when in ’64 he told the Greek ambassador

“Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution. America is an elephant, Cyprus is a flea. If these two fleas continue itching the elephant, they may just get whacked by the elephant’s trunk, whacked good. We pay a lot of good American dollars to the Greeks, Mr. Ambassador. If your prime minister gives me talk about democracy, Parliament and Constitution, he, his Parliament and his Constitution may not last very long.”

It was  not long before Greece were shown what the elephant could do and for that they had a military junta till 74 as punishment I guess.

But maybe democracy is just easy to shout about not living it.

Kurt on freedom

In his book Palm Sunday, Kurt Vonnegut wrote that American freedoms will disappear, as all freedoms disappear when men start to believe in lofty ideas such as divine and natural laws. Only human laws- constitutions- offer a bulwark against despots and I think he was right.

He said of adherents of natural law that it made the belief that the African is only fit for menial tasks and is inferior to his white companion allowing even Jefferson to have slaves of his own.

Seeing as the religious groups have so much influence in the US government, protections offered by human laws will get eroded over time and soon there will be nothing to stand on.

Maybe it is time to take a stand for human laws

This is almost prophetic

Lecky writing many years ago opined that

A state of great internal disquietude is often a temptation to war, not because it leads to it directly, but because rulers find a foreign war the best means of turning dangerous and disturbing energies into new channels, and at the same time of strengthening the military and authoritative elements in the community. 

And this is almost true to a T in the US presently. It is like they have all but forgotten about Russiagate, Ivanka, Kushner, Gorsuch? and their orange president. 

And while we are at it. The president has banned Syrians from going to the US but he can bomb it. And while bombing Syria he behaves like the god of the old testament, destroy whatever you can, kill whoever you want except the one responsible. Isn’t the act of the US government an act of war?